Aanchal Women’s Aid is an organisation that supports women and their children by offering a free and confidential service for Asian women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Services include a telephone helpline, emotional support, group work and counselling. They also provide advice on housing, matrimonial matters, welfare rights, debt and referrals to solicitors.
Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) was set up in 2006 to reduce the poverty of local refugees and asylum-seekers, advance their education and raise awareness about refugees rights and needs.
Services include advice in welfare benefits, housing, education, employment, health and immigration, a supplementary Saturday School for children aged 4-11 and a foodbank for destitute asylum-seekers and refugees.
Action on Elder Abuse run a confidential freephone helpline, which provides information, advice and support to victims and others who are concerned about or have witnessed abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Funded by London Councils, Ascent is a partnership project that is part of the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services to support women affected by domestic and/or sexual violence. Solace is lead partner, working with 14 organisations, on the Ascent Advice & Counselling partnership. This pan-London collaboration provides specialist counselling and advice services to women and girls affected by domestic/ sexual violence. Services include 1 to 1 counselling; 1-1 advice; group work, legal advice and training and No Recourse to Public Funds assistance
Ascent Advice and Counselling
Ascent Advice and Counselling (A&C), funded by London Councils is a partnership led by Solace along with 13 specialist VAWG partners delivering services to women across London. The services provided under this project include 1-1 counselling; bespoke group work, specialist advice, No Recourse Fund providing living expenses for those who are No Recourse to Public Funds; a London Family Law Line, Legal guides and training. This project is run by specialist organisations, led by and for women, many of whom are BME specialists. The Partnership operates a Hub and Spoke model with 2 advice hubs (East and West), a London Family Law Advice Line and advice spokes across all of London. Advice is provided by phone via the advice lines and via face to face casework for up to 12 weeks.
Ascent Advice Plus, funded by MOPAC, enhances the Ascent Advice offer available across London by adding extra capacity to the advice service by:
- Increased capacity on the advice hubs (East and West), enabling timely access to initial advice and support;
- Additional advice caseworker posts to ensure each specialist partner has increased capacity to respond flexibly to the diverse needs of victims/survivors and to work with women for up to 26 weeks;
- Additional part-time legal advisor to expand Rights of Women London Family Law advice line’s capacity to provide advice around legal options;
- Inclusion of additional consultancy expertise to assist in meeting a broader range of diverse needs, including LBT, deaf and disabled women and women with learning disabilities.
- Extension of reach through the provision of accessibility funds for each partner for venue costs and interpreting across all London boroughs.
Asian Women's Resource Centre is a voluntary sector grassroots organisation, based in Harlesden, which provides support for women who are, or have been experiencing domestic abuse. The AWRC offers safety planning, advice and information, advocacy and support services to survivors. Their service ensures cultural sensitivity, confidentiality and listening time in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
AWRC also run support groups, community engagement activities, and workshops on rights and entitlements.
Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a community outreach charity that offers support and advice to people of refugee background.
They have a range of group activities that support people of all ages to develop their English skills (classes for women and young people), access services and opportunities, build supportive social networks and to feel welcomed. We run women’s groups, advice sessions and youth activities.
Cruse is committed to breaking the stigma around grief and ensuring that everyone can access the highest quality support following a bereavement. They provide support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.
Cruses provide a telephone helpline and trained volunteers provide face-to-face support and practical advice in branches across England.
East London Rape Crisis provides free, confidential specialist help for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence. The services are for women of all ages including young women over the age of 14, whatever the assault and whenever it occurred. The women who work and volunteer at Rape Crisis London will offer you confidential and independent support.
Services include emotional and practical support, advocacy through working with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), one-to-one counselling and group work.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) is a national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs.
They run a Support Line providing information and advice around housing, care, statutory services, welfare benefits, and health issues.
They provide information to professionals.
Family Lives is a charity that supports parents, young people and families in England with all aspects of family life. They can be contacted via the helpline, as well as through email, Skype and live chat.
They offer advice and support with children's development, issues with schools, family breakdown, aggression in the home, bulling at school and parenting/relationship support.